I gurantee the risk of my 22 month old getting hit by a car FAR outways the risk of leaving him buckled in his seat for 3 minutes.
I would never even contemplate carrying my newborn, my toddler and my 6 yr old through a petrol station.
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05-04-2011 13:05 #21
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05-04-2011 13:06 #24
I go when I don't have the kids, or I go when I only have the youngest and my eldest is in kindy. I take DD2 with me to pay. She likes saying 'byeeee' to the people behind the counter when we leave.
05-04-2011 13:06 #25
Depends where I am and if I'm in a hurry.
If I'm at one of the big BPs on the Hume or a busy Melbourne one I take him in with me, they are just so busy and you can't really see what is going on.
If I'm at the one in my home town I just lock the car and run in. I can see him the whole time. And if anything happens to me the staff all know me and know he's in the car. I used to actually get back in my car and beep the horn until a staff member came out, then I'd give them the correct money. That was when he was really little and I was really paranoid. And I know the staff haha.
It's the same with the ATM. If I stop at one in Melbourne I bring him with me. If I am running to the one in the home town. I park directly out the front of it (sometimes in the Armaguard spot. ) and wait for it to be empty and lock the car.
05-04-2011 13:09 #26
Usually DH will put the fuel in for me. Or when we have dinner at his parents straight after work, Dh will follow me in his car and I will put fuel in and he will go in and pay while I sit in the car.
I also had one of those 'safeway' credit cards that you use at the pump, but I can't keep it in my wallet as I would spend on it elsewhere!
I am too paranoid to leave DS in the car. What happens if I fall over and hit my head (lol) or faint while walking away from my car, how long will it take for someone to realise that I left a toddler in my car!
05-04-2011 13:11 #27
There are risks leaving them in the car, and there are risks taking them out of the car, no doubt about it. There is no right or wrong answer here.
I choose to leave my kids in the car, doors locked, window down 5cm. I always use the bowser closest to the front door, and I always use the smallest quietest service station.
I have done this with police officers at the service station, they have not batted an eyelid. Maybe they agreed with my risk assessment that taking out a newborn, an 18 mth old and a 3 year old to cross the service station is more was more of a risk than leaving them in the car for 60 seconds.
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05-04-2011 13:13 #29
Take him with me but I've only had to do it once. I usually wait until DH is home. We have a petrol station about 100m up the road so it's not a big deal to ensure the tank is always full. I live in the inner city and have enough faith that something wouldn't happen. I only have one child though.
05-04-2011 13:15 #30
Leave them all in the car.
I park as far away from door as possible,fill up as slowly as possible walk and pay as slowly as possible.That couple of minutes away from the kids is my quiet time.
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